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(C29)* “The Creative Call”– Scott Erickson (2016)
Accomplished artist and live painter Scott Erickson offers inspiring and challenging thoughts on the Christ-following artist’s calling.
Scott Erickson is a working studio artist who has exhibited in galleries throughout the Seattle area, Atlanta, and Central California. He is also an experiential artist – bringing the making of art into public spaces. Scott has collaborated with a number of non-profits, such as WorldVision and International Justice Mission, using his art skills for advocacy and fund-raising. Scott recently finished a three year Artist In Residency with Ecclesia Church in Houston, TX, in which he spent his time curating a visual culture within the church community. He currently lives with his wife Holly and his kids Anders and Elsa in Portlandia. (2016 Boise Conf. Main Session)
(C48) “Artist Identity & The Church”–Jason Leith
Jason Leith is the director of arts at Saddleback Church’s arts initiative, SVA–Saddleback Visual Arts, and an accomplished artist. His Sacred Streets project gained international acclaim. Sacred Streets features twelve portraits of homeless people whom he met and drew right on Los Angeles’ “skid row”. The portraits were exhibited in temporary gallery made of found materials that was erected on a vacant lot on “skid row.” His desire was to render beauty in ways that marry artistic excellence with social responsibility. Jason is a graduate of Biola University’s fine arts program.
(C23) “Activating the Artist Imagination”–J. Scott McElroy
In this unique talk Scott offers several inspired “jazz riffs” to inspire our artist imagination.
J. Scott McElroy is an author, speaker, arts advocate, voiceover artist and visual artist based in Indianapolis. He is the author of The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation (InterVarsity Press, April 2015) and Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity (Destiny Image, 2008). He advocates for the arts in the church and the spiritual journey of artists through speaking, writing, media interaction, personal meetings. Arts advocacy is also his primary role as founder of The New Renaissance Arts Movement and as Director of Arts at the Vineyard Church, Indianapolis. (2016 Boise Conf. Main Session)
(C35) “The Call to Creative Freedom”–Dave Blakeslee (2016)
Dave Blakeslee has been an accomplished studio potter in Colorado since 1975. His art is influenced by a variety of cultures, and he creates pots not as an end in itself, but to be used and enjoyed, which influences the shape, glaze choices, size of his high-fire clays to endure regular use. Dave served as senior pastor of the Salida Vineyard Church, beginning in 1990 and recently stepping down from pastoring to re-enter full-time studio work. He loves traveling to different churches, encouraging people through his artwork and being an agent of reconciliation between pastors and artists, as Dave understands both walks of life. (2016 Boise Conf. Workshop)
(C 47) “Collaborative Jazz and Tap Concert”–Andrew Nemr, Kobie Watkins
A collaborate concert and celebration with America’s foremost tap-dance artist, and a dynamic jazz group.
Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most hardworking and diverse tap dance artists today. He is a TED Fellow and the artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree (QAS) at Webster Hall, Andrew received an NEA Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant to reconstruct the works of classic tap dance soloists.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kobie Watkins has cultivated dynamic relationships with his peers in and out of the Jazz, Latin, and Gospel community as a drummer, percussionist and a mentor. He holds a long list of great musicians he has played and recorded with, touring extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the United States, and currently touring with Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins.
(C18) “God’s Poema: People as Art”–Jessie Nilo (2016)
VineArts Boise founder Jessie Nilo gives an inspiring talk on her passion, loving and encouraging artists.
Jessie Nilo is an artist in love with the local church. In 2004 she founded and still directs VineArts, the arts ministry of Vineyard Boise Church, ministering to over 70 artists through prayer, emotional and spiritual support, and a stunning variety of artistic collaborations that bless their church and their city. She is also the founder Art Fruition, an online art ministry school which trains people around the world how to serve people through the arts in the name of Christ. Jessie contributed extensively to Creative Church Handbook by J. Scott McElroy. (2016 Boise Conf. Main Session)
(C32) “Broken Beauty, Choices”–Roger Feldman (2016)
Roger Feldman is a sculptor in Seattle, Washington and serves as co-chair of the art department at Seattle Pacific University. His site-specific sculpture has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and England, including at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. Permanent site-specific pieces are in the collection of the Washington State Arts Commission, in Scotland, and at the Laity Lodge retreat center in Texas (we highly recommend watching Laity’s Threshold videos here). Images of Roger Feldman’s work have been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Image Magazine. He enjoys creating small and large artworks that explore the possibilities of material, kinesthetic sequence, and symbolic space, with the viewer as an active participant or at least an implicit participant in his artworks. (2016 Boise Conf, Main Session)